Human digestive system is a complicated and fascinating mechanism which is getting more attention and publicity recently due to its direct impact on our mental health and overall well-being. Child’s digestive system is even more complicated in a way as it is still developing.
Normally baby’s intestines start to develop as early as week five of pregnancy. During the third month of foetal development, the foetus’ stomach cells start to secrete fluid. Foetus’s waste goes through the placenta and into mother’s circulatory system. This means that the digestive system has already started functioning even during the foetal stage.
At birth, baby’s digestive system is still developing and maturing and only able to function with breast milk.
At about six months, baby’s digestive system is mature enough to digest more complex and solid food substances, like starch, protein, and fat in a non-milk diet. Most babies at this age are ready to be introduced to solids, gradually weaning off breast milk.
In early childhood digestive system continues to mature. The first two years are the most critical. The gut microflora established during this period can greatly influence child’s long-term immunity and that is why proper nutrition and care are so important in the early childhood.
If you are a parent, chances are that you are well aware of tummy troubles which young kids go through. The reasons might vary – it could be teething, introduction of a new food, viruses, bacterial infection, or food sensitivities among the few.
The reasons might vary but discomfort and stress are invariably great, and may I say that it is much worse for the new mothers as the sense of helplessness and despair often takes over, especially if those tummy troubles occur late at night or during similarly least expected moment.
Diarrhoea is the body’s way of ridding itself of germs, and most episodes last from a few days to a week. Diarrhoea can occur with fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, dehydration and sometimes even rashes. Some of the most common reasons kids get diarrhoea include Infection from viruses like rotavirus, bacteria like salmonella and E. coli.
Viruses are the most common cause of a child’s diarrhoea. Along with loose or watery stools, symptoms of a viral gastroenteritis infection often include vomiting, stomach ache, headache and fever.
Medications like antibiotics can also lead to diarrhoea in children as well as adults.
For mild diarrhoea caused by medication, keep your child safely hydrated. If a course of antibiotics is causing your child’s diarrhoea, be sure to consult your doctor. Your GP may recommend reducing the dose, changing your diet, adding a probiotic or switching to a different antibiotic.
Studies show that yogurt with live cultures or probiotics can help ease diarrhoea caused by antibiotics. Cultures and probiotics help replenish healthy gut bacteria killed by antibiotics.
Food poisoning can also cause diarrhoea in kids. Symptoms usually come on quickly and may include vomiting or diarrhoea or both.
The reasons of digestive system issues might be different but Enterosgel® is designed to eliminate the cause of many.
Recent studies show that effect of Enterosgel® can be compared to that of probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri though mechanism of action is completely different between the two.
Enterosgel® acts as an “intelligent sponge”, quickly and effectively adsorbing bacterial toxins, heavy metals, pathogens, allergens and other harmful substances which may cause diarrhoea, vomiting and other unpleasant and worrisome symptoms.
Instead of killing bacteria “on-site”, Enterosgel® adsorbs and eliminates it from the body alleviating diarrhoea and vomiting in a period of under an hour, healing the intestinal lining and increasing immune response.
It is very easy to administer Enterosgel® to children as it has no smell or taste and can be easily mixed with water or juice.